HSA 4 Earls Colne 1

HSA moved up to joint second in the Essex and Suffolk Border League Premier Division table with a dominant second-half performance that helped them overcome Earls Colne on Saturday (February 23).

HSA started the brighter of the two sides and took the lead in the 12th minute.

Following good pressure from the HSA front pair of Craig Cutts and Ryan Weaver on the Colne defence, a back pass to the keeper was overhit, forcing Felton into a save.

The referee awarded HSA an indirect free-kick 10 yards out, from which Harry Halls fired a low hard shot into the wall and Ben Bradley reacted quickest to steer the rebound home.

HSA missed further chances through Cutts and Weaver before a somewhat controversial non-award of a penalty disrupted the home team’s pattern of play.

Two minutes later, Earls Colne were awarded a penalty when the otherwise excellent Micheal Austin fouled Hutchings.

Colne’s top scorer Coote stepped up and shot into the bottom corner, just out of reach of Liam Savage in the home goal to send the teams in level at half-time.

The second period saw HSA retake the lead when they were awarded after Theedom handled inside the area, Halls stepped up and maintained his 100 per cent record from the spot.

Five minutes later, the lead was extended when good work by HSA’s defence forced Coote into a back pass to his keeper from the halfway line.

Weaver put Felton under pressure and the unfortunate keeper missed his kick, allowing top scorer Weaver the simplest of finishes.

Plenty more chances were created with Aaron Forshaw, Weaver and Paul Hunt all testing Felton and Savage repelling Hutchings before HSA got their fourth in the last minute.

Paul Hunt won the ball in midfield and fed Owen Longley, who played a great through ball into the path of Adam Palmer and he set up Cutts for his fifth goal in his last three games.

HSA welcome last year’s champions West Bergholt to the New Croft next week, looking to make it five wins on the bounce.

For all the latest sport see Thursday’s (February 28) Echo.